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Episode eight of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) and James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) on the Pirates. Highlights of the show include:
**We looked at the injury to Wandy Rodriguez, and debated whether the Pirates should call up Gerrit Cole. Also, what kind of pitcher will Cole be when he first comes up?
**The offense has been struggling lately, including a one hitter against the Braves. What are some solutions?
**One solution could be upgrading the offense at third base, and maybe the “Platoon Pedro Alvarez” talk will come up later in the year. For now, he’s playing some surprising defense.
**Tom was recording from Appalachian Power Park with West Virginia taking batting practice, giving the sounds of Stetson Allie and Raul Fortunato hitting bombs in the background of the show.
**We talk the new season of Arrested Development and Game of Thrones (we try to avoid spoilers, but Tom does a horrible job with Game of Thrones), which are two shows you have to watch. Also, James talks about how he hates when people say “you have to watch this show”. Except for the Pirates Prospects Podcast, of course. You have to listen to this show.
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Wandy Rodriguez left today’s game in the first inning after recording one out, pointing to his left elbow. The Pirates later announced that Rodriguez left the game with tightness in his left forearm. That’s the same injury that Jeanmar Gomez had earlier in the week (although the right arm, obviously), and Gomez went on the disabled list. It seems likely that Rodriguez will go...
With the Pirates’ second pick in the first round, they selected high school catcher Reese McGuire out of Kentwood High School in Washington.
McGuire is a left-handed hitter and is rated as the best catcher in this year’s draft.
Here’s his official prospect video:
Here’s what Baseball America has to say about McGuire:
McGuire was known by scouts early, playing in the 2011...
With the 51st pick in the 2013 draft, the Pirates took a left-handed California high school pitcher named Blake Taylor. Taylor's only 17 years old, he currently throws his fastball in the low 90s, and he's 6'3." He's your protypical projectible high school pitcher, with his extremely young age making him particularly interesting. From what I can tell, he'...
D.J. Peterson has been a popular name at number 14. – Image Credit: David Benyak
Jim Callis of Baseball America has released his final mock draft, and has the Pirates taking two familiar names. With the ninth pick, Callis has the Pirates taking Reese McGuire, while D.J. Peterson is going with the 14th pick.
Callis has had McGuire going to the Pirates ninth overall in each of his...
The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted LHP Cody Dickson from Sam Houston State in the fourth round of the MLB draft. Dickson is a 6′ 3″, 180 pound left hander who has had some problems with his delivery, but has a projectable frame and an easy throwing motion.
He had a 4.26 ERA in 95 innings this year, with a 91:51 K/BB ratio. That was a big increase in strikeouts from last year, when...
Jonathan Mayo has the Pirates taking Hunter Renfroe with the 14th pick. Image Courtesy: Mississippi State Athletics
All of the final mock drafts are coming out this morning, and Jonathan Mayo is the next to release his picks. Mayo has Reese McGuire going to the Pirates with the ninth pick and Hunter Renfroe going to Pittsburgh 14th overall.
That’s the third mock draft today that...
Now that we have the final mock drafts in from three of the leading experts, we can now take them all and figure out an average ranking. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been linked heavily to HS catcher Reese McGuire and Keith Law, Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis all believe that he will be the Pirates pick at that spot. That could change of course if a better name happens to fall, which...
Francisco Liriano tossed seven shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates went on to beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on Friday.
Liriano allowed just two hits while walking a season high five batters in the day contest at Wrigley. He also recorded eight strikeouts. On the year Liriano has a 1.47 ERA and 47 strikeouts though 36 innings of work.
Pirates closer Jason Grilli notched his 23rd...
Yesterday, we posted the Pirates Podcast interview with Jim Callis from Baseball America. He discussed some of the former Pittsburgh Pirates draft picks that didn’t sign and will be eligible to be drafted again this year. There are some pretty big names on that list that should all go in the top ten rounds. Among them are a handful of pitchers from 2010, Jason Hursh, Austin Kubitza...
Yesterday the Pirates took some high upside guys, drafting Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire in the first round, then taking Blake Taylor in the second. Today they continued going for upside, adding a lot of guys who will need some development, and maybe an adjustment or two, but have the tools, pitches, and skills to pay off if the Pirates’ development system can make the proper...
The emergence of Tyler Glasnow is one of many reasons the Pirates could be considered to have a top farm system.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins get a lot of praise for their farm systems. However, Jeff Passan talked with one longtime scout who said that the Pittsburgh Pirates were the team with the top farm system, and that it’s not close.
Passan went on to highlight...
The Bradenton doubleheader yesterday was canceled due to weather. The two games will not be made up due to the fact Daytona and Bradenton do not meet up again during the first half of the season. West Virginia had their game rained out last night. They will make up the game on the road next week. Altoona was also rained out. That game will be made up in August when the two teams...
The Pirates still haven’t snapped out of their offensive funk, but today they were able to ride some spectacular pitching as they ended a three game losing streak and started this weekend’s series in Chicago with a shutout win.
Francisco Liriano delivered another excellent start. His control problems that we feared this offseason were on full display – he walked five and...
Wednesday’s game couldn’t have gone much worse for the Pirates, as they were swept, shut out, nearly no hit, and lost another starting pitcher in the first inning.
Wandy Rodriguez gave up a quick run in the first and was clearly uncomfortable after hitting Freddie Freeman with a pitch. With just one out, he came out of the game with left forearm tightness – definitely something...
Born: May 3, 1995
Drafted: 1st Round, 9th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Grayson HS, Loganville, GA
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The Pirates selected Meadows with the ninth pick, which they had as a result of their inability to sign Mark Appel in 2012...